AC Condenser Hole?

TBEJHM

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Hi,

I am new here.

I have 2l S Line 2014 A3.

My AC light won't stay on as soon as I take my finger off the AC button the light goes off.

Now I have read quite a few posts about the possibility this is down to a hole in the condenser. I have inspected my condenser and I seem to have found a hole.... (please see pictures).

Is this likely the reason my AC won't go on? and how much does it cost to fix?

Any help grateful.... Ive only owned the ****** car a week.
 

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RichardT

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(A) isn't it still in warranty?
(B) if you only bought it last week, whoever sold it to you (dealer or private) is responsible as it was sold with a fault.
 

azibux1

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(A) isn't it still in warranty?
(B) if you only bought it last week, whoever sold it to you (dealer or private) is responsible as it was sold with a fault.
Private seller has no obligation to fix / pay for the fix though surely?
 
I'll tell you now that it won't be cheap. I holed the condenser on my previous Civic Type-R and that cost well over £600 to diagnose and repair. First they refill the system with a refrigerant containing a UV marker and then look at the condenser with a UV light to confirm where the leak is. If it's in the condenser they obviously have to replace that and then refill with a second load of refrigerant. I think I've seen figures of about £800 bandied about for the same repair on an A3.
 

RichardT

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Private seller has no obligation to fix / pay for the fix though surely?
I think that the seller is obliged to notify of any defects that they know about. I would say they are liable. However, of course, proving that the fault was there and getting the money out of them would be a different matter.
 

cuke2u

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Perhaps it needs to be established what the fault actually is before taking it up with the seller...
 

mikemod

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Are you sure that is a hole, it just looks like the cooling fins have been dented slightly.

I am new to Audis but I know in the Golf with manual Air Con, the fan has to be switched on as well or else the AC will not switch on.
 

welshs3audi

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Mine had crack in condenser housing which can be seen through the front grill. Pics attached
 

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JohnM100

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Sorry to hear @welshs3audi, but why post the same info in 5 threads at the same time and same pics in 3 of them?
 

JohnM100

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Hi
Just in case people miss it. Just trying to be of some help in case anyone else has the same issue.

Hard to miss when there are 5 threads on page 1 with this info.

There is also the search function so people can find things in future - no need to spam the forum.
 
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